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I remember when I first heard that this book, FREAK THE MIGHTY (by Rodman Philbrick), was going to be made into a movie and that Gillian Anderson was going to play a small role. Well, I went ahead and read the book because (a) I'm an X-Files fan, and (b) I wanted to know what so drew her to the project that she was willing to play a less than a major role.
The book just tore me apart-- it wasn't just that I'd been a misfit myself in my youth, but the fact that it dealt with sometimes amazing, sometimes painful situations in such a clear-eyed way, never pandering to or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.
This film, while not adhering to the book to the letter (but damned close) kept the SPIRIT of the book intact, and for that I credit not only the director and screenwriter but the cast. Everyone involved seems to be most concerned with truth-- not is it dramatic, is it sad, is it funny, but is it HONEST?
While I credit all involved parties with making this film work so well, I have to say that NONE of it would have worked had it not been for the two leads, Elden Hensen and Kieran Culkin. These two ASTOUNDING young men are so utterly concerned with their characters as human beings that there is not a single false note in either performance. Going in, Culkin has an additional challenge/handicap-- the wiseacre type honed by his brother Macauley might well have been expected here, given the no-apologies intelligence that characterizes Kevin/Freak. But Culkin has no interest in just getting laughs-- he seems entirely aware that there are more important treasures to be had from this material.Read more ›
The film starts off with Max Kane (Henson). Max is in 7th grade, but he is at least two feet taller than everyone else in his grade. He is always being teased by bullies for his size, his illiteracy, and his infamous father.
Then a kid named Kevin Dillan (Culkin) moves into the neighborhood. Kevin is also in 7th grade, but he is very small and has a birth defect that forces him to walk on crutches. He is also extremely smart. Bullies tease him, too.
Soon, Kevin and Max became inseparable friends. Max became Kevin's legs, and Kevin became Max's brain. By themselves, Max and Kevin were just freaks of nature who were always teased. But when they are together, they are called "Freak the Mighty"! And then what happens is.....what, did you really think I'd tell you what happens next?
The script in this movie is absolutely adorable. Here are some of the quotes:
--"So you're a pacifist.....yeah, a pacifist. You know, 'pass on the fist'?"
--"I said, you're a cretin!.....yeah, a cretin! C-R-E-T-I-N! Look it up in the dictionary and you'll find your mugshot!"
--"My father was a magician. He heard the words, 'birth defect', and disappeared."
--"Don't think of it as a friendship. Think of it as a partnership. You need a brain and I need legs. And the Wizard of Oz doesn't live in South Cincinnati."
--"Every word is part of a picture. Every sentence IS a picture. All you do is let your imagination connect them together.....if you HAVE an imagination, that is."
Plus many more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie! The heroic deeds of two kids, each having handicaps, but together, a mighty force for good, send a great message. The music is wonderful, (Sting! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Julieinwy
A powerful lesson about prejudice, friendship, love and loss. I have used this movie in my classroom for years, and am always just a bit amazed at the impact on my students.Published 21 days ago by Linda G
We always read "Freak the Mighty" after the state testing is finished, it keeps the students engaged at the end of the year and they get to enjoy a great book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I always use this movie in conjunction with the book, "Freak the Mighty," It is very well done and my students can see the differences between the book and the movie in a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Clymer
Very good movie. My 13 yr old recommended it. We both really liked it. Good, positive message.Published 1 month ago by Beegs
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